updated 05/17/2012 AT 5:40 PM ET
•originally published 05/22/2012 AT 3:15 PM ET
Matthew McConaughey and Joe Manganiello joke around about what went into preparing for their roles as strippers in Magic Mike – but Channing Tatum, who actually worked as one in real life, says there really wasn’t anything fun about it.
“You’re just a guy taking off his clothes, looking like a fool in a stupid outfit,” Tatum, 32, tells Out magazine in its June/July cover story.
The toughest part for the actor was the actual removing of the clothing.